H.O.P.E. Addiction Services. We support our clients who suffer with addictions to access an abstinence based lifestyle. We feel this provides the greatest quality of life for the individual, their family, and community. We believe that any addict can attain and maintain freedom from addiction with supports in place. We would like to see the cycle of multi-generational alcoholism, drug abuse, and drug substitution broken in this community. Our community detox consists of assessment, case management, key working, care planning, building interagency links, helping access a medically supervised detox (either in or out patient) and accessing other therapies if needed. We also work to help people access residential treatment centres and day programmes. When someone is not ready to become addiction free, we refer them to a service where they can find daily maintenance support, and work with them around advocacy issues if needed. Our project workers are Joe Dowling and volunteer Connie Murphy.
Advocacy Services. Many of our clients have other difficulties related to, or may be a contributing factor, to their addiction. These include illness, poverty, unemployment, sub-standard housing, legal issues, childhood neglect or abuse, and early school leaving among others. We believe that in order to stay free from addiction an individual needs to see an improvement in their lifestyle and deal with painful issues from the past. We are a small service, if we can not help with an issue we will refer to someone who can. Some of the areas where our Advocacy worker helps our clients are accessing employment, adult education courses, university and the funding to attend. We have a good number of clients each year who have gone on to third level education. The North Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force offers the Annie Kelly Bursary to members of this community as well as Respites for clients and family members going through difficulties. The Inner City Local Employment Centre (LES) also helps many of our clients with funding for education. We also help clients with their entitlements, redress issues, rent allowance, medical cards and social welfare. We help them look for emergency accommodation, as well as flats accepting rent allowance and often talk to landlords on their behalf. This is an excellent service which our Advocacy worker Alison has developed over the years. She treats everyone she works with the compassion and respect they deserve. Please see numbers and success rates on our client outcomes.
Family Support. Many members of this community are affected by addiction. This might be by living with someone in active addiction, bereavement, or have in their care the children of active addicts. There are many issues and damage caused by addiction in this community. Our Senior Project Worker Joe Dowling has been by many families’ sides helping them cope.